Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The founders of this country had a grand vision and a most unique opportunity, probably the greatest opportunity in the history of opportunities. They were to start up a country from scratch. Completely from scratch. Not reform a country, not change a government, but create one. A grand experiment.
And so today we have the Constitution, which, though under attack as never before, remains as the bedrock of our laws, indeed, it is the law of the land. One of the forms these attacks take is in the ‘interpretation’ of what the founders meant.
I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. But, I can read and comprehend what I’m reading. And no where in the Constitution is the phrase ‘separation of church and state.’ And never did the founders intend for citizens not to be able to publicly worship God, or publicly speak of God. Their intent was to protect citizens from a federally mandated religion, not to ban God from the public square.
A high school graduating senior should never, in this country, have to use the courts in order to be able to thank God in her valedictory speech.
Just A Conservative Girl has a great post today describing the beginning of the move to ban public expression of religion.
I truly believe that America’s turn to the type of permissiveness that allows this to happen can be traced back to the court case that forever changed the way we view religion in our country. While it doesn’t have the name recognition that a Brown V. Board of Ed has, the change in our country has been substantial. McCollum v. Board of Ed was a landmark decision in this country.